Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/15/13 at 11:20 AM ET
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
In the dogfight that is the top of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins can’t afford to give games away like they did Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, where they showed up, played a great first period, and then disappeared in the 2nd and 3rd, allowing the Penguins to skate wherever they wanted and plant a flag in the Bruins’ defensive zone.
On Saturday afternoon, the Bruins will host the Washington Capitals at the TD Banknorth Garden. Tickets, on average, are $299, with a “get-in” price of $155, according to TiqIQ. These rates represent an eight percent price increase. At home, Bruins tickets average $165 a seat, 81% more expensive than the average price for Boston Bruins tickets this season.
The hope in Boston is that Claude Julien’s squad uses Tuesday’s loss as a learning experience--that even with a two goal lead, the Bruins now know that they can’t just do the bare minimum and stop attacking their opponents for the final two periods.
Applying consistent pressure is something the Washington Capitals have done exceptionally well at times, and miserably at others. Case in point: To start off March, the Caps absolutely dismantled Winnipeg and Florida and then beat a tough Bruins squad in a closely-contested match. Nearing .500, it looked like March would be the month the Capitals would go on a tear.
They swiftly put those grumblings to rest when they dropped three straight in the past 10 days, losing each contest by three or more goals. It didn’t look pretty for the Caps and they’re approaching desperation if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Bruins aren’t a bad starting point for the Cap. Despite the B’s place in the standing, Washington has had great success against the franchise, capped off, of course, by last year’s playoff win. Before that, they beat the Bruins in the 2011-2012 season series by a tally of three games to one.
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